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Holiday heat breaks a record

As residents flocked to the beach on a simmering Fourth of July, Central Maui topped another heat record at 93 degrees. The temperature beat the record of 90 degrees set on Fourth of July last year, according to the National Weather Service. The early part of July is already proving as hot ...

Hurricane Barbara continues to weaken

Hurricane Barbara continued to weaken Thursday, dropping from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2. Barbara was packing maximum sustained winds of about 130 mph Wednesday, but winds died down to about 100 mph the following day. The hurricane was about 1,540 miles east of Hilo and was moving ...

Man arrested after Kahului brush fire

A 40-year-old man was arrested for arson after a brush fire behind Walmart on Wednesday that witnesses said was intentionally set. The fire, which was reported at 1:17 p.m., burned 5 acres of brush near the intersection of Hana Highway and Airport Access Road. Crews had fully contained the ...

Immigrant Services to close Thursdays

The Lahaina office of the Immigrant Services Division will close temporarily on Thursdays, starting July 11, due to staffing shortages, the county announced Wednesday. The office will be closed on Thursdays for the month of July and on Aug. 1, 8 and 15. It will reopen on Thursdays beginning ...

Parks to offer free summer programs

As part of National Park and Recreation Month in July, the county will be offering free summer programs for people of all ages, including movies, dancing and swimming under the stars. Family movie nights will be held throughout the month at: • Kamaole III Beach Park on July 12. Call ...

Brush fire burns near Walmart

Firefighters get an assist from the department’s Air One helicopter while fighting Wednesday afternoon’s brush fire near Walmart in Kahului. The fire burned 5 acres and was fully contained as of 4:45 p.m., though firefighters continued to mop up and extinguish hot spots within the fire’s ...

Affordable project fails in committee

WAILUKU — After two meetings of listening to public testimony and questioning project officials, the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee voted Wednesday against two fast-track housing projects proposed for Launiupoko. The committee voted 4-3 to recommend disapproving the ...

First Rapid Ohia Death case may not be Maui’s last

A lone 15- to 20-foot tall ohia tree in the Koali area of Hana “did not look healthy” before testing positive for Rapid Ohia Death, Maui’s first confirmed case of the fungal disease and perhaps not the last. While the single tree was infected with a less aggressive version of Rapid Ohia ...

Woman, 90, assaulted in burglary

WAILUKU — Three people have been indicted by a 2nd Circuit Court Grand Jury for a case involving a break-in of a Harbor Lights Condominium unit, where police said a 90-year-old woman was assaulted and suffered life-threatening injuries. At arraignment and plea hearings before 2nd Circuit ...

Five acres of brush behind Walmart burns; smoky in lot

The Maui News A brush fire burned 5 acres behind Walmart on Wednesday afternoon, clouding the parking lot with smoke and soot. The fire was reported at 1:17 p.m., according to the Fire Department. Passing motorists called 911 and reported seeing smoke and flames along with people running out ...

High surf advisory extended; it was 93 degrees

The Maui News The National Weather Service has extended a high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of Maui County through 6 a.m. today. Surf of 5 to 8 feet was predicted along south-facing shores of all islands. South-southwest swells will continue to produce elevated surf throughout ...

Barbara expected to become tropical storm

The Maui News Hurricane Barbara, which was hovering around Category 4 status on Wednesday afternoon, was expected to weaken as it approached cooler waters in the Central Pacific. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Barbara was about 1,785 miles east of Hilo and packing maximum sustained winds of 130 ...

Paia robbery investigated

The Maui News Police are investigating a report of a robbery Monday night in Paia town, where a 21-year-old Haiku woman said she was punched and kicked by a man and a woman she had a confrontation with moments earlier, police said. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. The woman was ...

Hasegawa, Nobriga Kim to appear at free workshop

The Maui News A free workshop titled “Building a Product (or a Service)” and set for Monday will feature Neil Hasegawa of Hasegawa General Store in Hana and Cathy Nobriga Kim of Roselani Ice Cream. The three-hour workshop, a collaboration between Maui Business Brainstormers, Ha-wai‘i ...

Waterline breaks in Honokohau

The county Department of Water Supply asked customers in Honokohau Valley on Wednesday to conserve water due to a break on the 4-inch waterline that provides water to the area. Until the line is repaired and the storage tank is filled, customers may fill their own containers at the potable ...

Water quality program debuts at UH-MC

The University of Hawaii Maui College will begin offering a new science lab technician certificate program this fall that will equip students to collect, analyze and interpret environmental and water quality data. The four-credit certificate program takes one year to complete and is offered ...

Corrections

• Council meeting. Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura is introducing two items for discussion for the Maui County Council to consider. One is to discuss the status of the Upcountry water meter list and water capacity in the light of the state interim in-stream flow standard decision. The other ...

Man arrested for arson after Kahului brush fire

A 40-year-old man was arrested for arson following a brush fire behind Walmart on Wednesday that witnesses said was intentionally set, according to police. The fire, which was reported at 1:17 p.m., burned 5 acres of brush near the intersection of Hana Highway and Airport Access Road. Crews ...

Well could be out for months; Wailuku Heights, Waikapu areas affected

The faulty well that supplies the main tank for the Waikapu area could be out of service for another five months while the county looks for a contractor to fix it, according to the Department of Water Supply. The well has been out due to mechanical and electrical issues, causing the ...

Schatz: ‘Right balance’ of tourism talks needed

KAHULUI — While tourism in Hawaii is not “primarily a federal question,” a recent study showed that the number of visitors to the islands is exceeding the ideal rate by two million people, said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii. “We determined that the ideal number of tourists visiting ...